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UEFA Champions League 2018 Round of 16: Besiktas vs Bayern Munich

UEFA Champions League 2018 Round of 16: Besiktas vs Bayern Munich

The German champions Bayern Munich host Turkish Besiktas in the first leg of the 2018 UEFA Champions round of 16 at Allianz Arena. Read on to get the betting preview and predictions in what should be an exciting match.

Besiktas vs Bayern Champions 2018

  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 2:45 PM ET
  • Where: Allianz Arena; Munich, Germany
  • Line: Bayern -800 vs Besiktas +1800; Draw +775

Betting on Besiktas

Besiktas are the unheralded surprise in this competition as the winners of Group G. Though they’ve earned the Turkish championship on 15 occasions, it’ll be only the second time these two squads have met in this competition with the Germans winning 2-0, home and away in the 1997-98 group stage.

Besiktas head into this game in good form as they currently are still in the race of the Turkish Super Liga behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir. They’ve also won nine of their last 14 games in all competitions, counting only two losses to their sheet.

Nevertheless, it’s the first time this squad has made it to the knockout stages of the Champions, and as expected they’re the heavy underdogs.  

However, Besiktas is counting on gaining a valuable away goal considering Bayern has only kept a clean sheet once over their last eight games at home.

The Turkish squad should be able to score at least one goal, though it’s unlikely they’ll leave Allianz Arena unscathed given Bayern’s dominance and that they find themselves at full force.

Besiktas will place their hopes on Brazilian midfielder Talisca to find the back of the net as he did on four occasions during the group stages.

The visitors have two confirmed absentees ahead of Tuesday's match, as both Gokhan Tore and Altinc Nukan are out. Tolgay Arslan, Caner Erkin, and Anderson Talisca will all need to tread carefully as they are just one card away from suspension.

Probable Lineup

Fabri - Gonul, Pepe, Medel, Adriano - Hutchinson, Özyakup (c) - Quaresma, Talisca, Babel - Love

Betting on Bayern

The German squad as expected heads into this game as the favorites to win; however, they’ve shown some chinks in their armor and will have to work hard to keep a clean sheet.

With 18 victories to one defeat in 20 Champions League home games, they should be able to come out on top in this one.

Bayern still leads the Bundesliga, though at times have struggled to win games. Last weekend, in fact, they had to scramble to win in a game where they trailed as late as the 63rd minute before Sandro Wagner and Lewandowski could find the back of the net.

Bayern rested a number of key players ahead Tuesday's game and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is Bayern's only injury casualty, which means manager Jupp Heynckes doesn’t have a shortage of talent available to play.

Lewandowski, Muller and James Rodriguez were among the players rested, as were Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, and David Alaba. They should all be available for the starting lineup, but given Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben’s form as of late could give Heynckes somewhat of a selection conundrum.

Bayern, at full force, is very hard to stop. Given that Besiktas aren’t known for a strong defense they’re unlikely to contain a home team that has scored in each of their last 26 matches and who last failed to score on home soil since May 2015.

Probable Lineup

Ulreich - Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Martinez, Vidal – Müller (c), James, Coman – Lewandowski

Prediction: Expect Bayern to notch a win and fill their sheet with at least 3 goals. The OVER 4 goals seem to hold value as does Besiktas scoring an away score to their name. 

 
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